EngSci and GirlSci cover most of the same projects. However, GirlSci offers an all-girl environment and is taught by a female instructor.
EngTech and MakerGirls (a girls-only camps) focus on hardware and software projects, while EngSci and GirlSci offer a mixture of science- and technology-based projects.
All camp groups are divided by age. There will be age-appropriate activities for younger participants and more challenging activities for older participants. No matter their age, campers at Adventures will participate in a variety of engaging, educational and fun activities.
Due to security reasons and based on past experience, we now require that all our volunteers complete grade 9 in order to be eligible for volunteering with Adventures in Engineering and Science. In rare cases when volunteer registrations are low, we may accept volunteers who have just completed grade 8.
A parent must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about volunteer availability for grade 8 students before registering their child. All volunteers may be requested to provide proof of grade level.
No, we do not repeat any projects from the last three years.
In these three camps, campers will take part in hardware- and software- based projects at the electrical engineering and 3D printing labs. They also get to work with robotics and programming.
Camp availability will be listed on our camp schedule. However, please contact us if you have specific questions regarding availability. Email: email@example.com Phone : 613-562-5491
Camps cost $280 per week ($230 for four-day weeks due to civic holidays). Please consult the Summer Programs/Camps page for further information. The volunteer program is free of charge.
You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the start date of your registered camp and receive a refund. However, a $30 administrative fee will be charged for every refund. We cannot offer a refund if a cancellation is made with less than two weeks’ notice.
The majority of our camp groups are conducted entirely in English or entirely in French, depending on the needs of participants (campers are divided by language and age). Occasionally, due to low registration, a camp group will be conducted in both French and English together.
Children who have completed a full year of junior kindergarten are eligible to participate in one of our camps. Please note that a proof of completion may be requested.
Lunch is not provided by the camp. We ask that all campers bring their own peanut/nut-free lunch. Lunches are eaten at the cafeteria, in classrooms or outside. Please note that microwaves are not always readily available. Campers are asked not to bring any money to camp. On Fridays, a pizza lunch and juice will be provided for campers.
The numbers 1 through 4 simply represent the number of different weeks of camp. For example, there are four different weeks of EngSci. The format and schedule are the same each week, but the projects are different. It is therefore possible for a camper to take part in 4 consecutive weeks of EngSci without repeating the same projects. The weeks are independent from one another and are non-cumulative. It is therefore possible for your child to attend week 4 before week 2 without a problem.
TeenTech focuses on hardware and software projects, whereas TeenSci focuses on a mixture of science- and technology-based projects. Both camps offer 3D printing and electrical engineering activities, but only the TeenSci campers do chemistry experiments and dissections. TeenTech activities include robotics and programming activities.
The campers get breaks throughout the day to go outside and play. Campers will also be walking between the different laboratories at the university, and every Friday, we will be playing team-building games outside, weather permitting.
In all three Sci camps, campers will take part in chemistry experiments, electrical engineering projects, a dissection and 3D printing at various university laboratories. Older campers (11-17 years old) will also get to complete a sheet metal project at the mechanical engineering lab.
Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (except for four-day weeks due to civic holidays). We offer free before-and-after care from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the on-campus camp, and from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the off-campus camp.
Children should be dropped off and picked up at the SITE building on the University of Ottawa campus. It is located at 800 King Edward Ave. There is free parking across the street on Mann Ave at outdoor lots M and W during pick-up and drop-off hours (8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.). A campus map can be found here.
Payments are to be made online, by credit card, at the time of registration. We no longer accept cheques or cash.
No, you should not proceed with payment until we can guarantee a spot for your child in one of our camps. Should a spot become available to you, we will contact you regarding how to proceed with payment.
The grade your child has completed will determine which program(s) he is eligible for. Below is a list of programs offered this year with corresponding grade ranges. Please note that a proof of grade level may be requested.
EngSci: K-grade 6
GirlSci: grade 2-6
MiniMed: grade 2-4
MakerGirls: grade 4-7
EngTech: grade 4-7
TeenSci: grade 7-8
TeenTech: grade 7-8
Exploring Technological Design (TDJ1O): grade 8-10
Enrichment courses: grade 9-11
Technology Internship: grade 11-12
Off-campus: grade 2-6
Volunteering : grade 9+
The teen camps offer a similar schedule to the regular camps. However, projects are more advanced. When choosing a camp, evaluate your child’s level of comfort when interacting with older children.
There are multiple groups within each program, so please indicate in the comments section of your registration if you would like your child to be placed with a friend or family member. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any groupings (especially if the children's languages, grades or camps are different). However, we will do our best to accommodate your request. No group changes will be made after 12 p.m. on the first day of camp.
Booking a workshop is simple:
Unfortunately, single workshops can only be done on campus. Your school needs to register for a minimum of two workshops on the same day for us to go to your school. You could talk to other teachers in your school to see if they are also interested in hosting a science workshop.
If you book four or more workshops for the same day at the same location, there is a discount of $5 per workshop. Workshops therefore cost $85 per workshop at your school ($125 for Biodiversity) and $45 per workshop on campus ($85 for Biodiversity).
Yes. In order for Adventures to be able to sustain its programs (including workshops at schools), we rely on sponsorship from a number of partners. Therefore, we must provide accurate statistics, including the number of students participating in each workshop. We thank you for taking the time to provide us with all the necessary information required in the registration form.
The maximum number of participants per workshop is 35. However, based on feedback from our instructors and teachers, workshops work best with groups of 15-25 students. If you have a group of more than 35 students, the best option is to split the group into two as there won’t be enough material for every student. In this case, the workshop will have greater value and will be more enjoyable for everyone!
When you will receive your email confirmation, you will receive a campus map indicating where to meet our instructors. You will also receive a waiver form that must be signed by the parents of all participants. Please note, students without a signed waiver form will NOT be authorized to participate in the workshop(s).
As of April 24 2016, if you have arranged transportation with OC Transpo, you will need to take bus #95, and get off at the King Edward/Templeton stop. This bus stop is located in front of 770 King Edward. If you have arranged a school bus, the drop-off location (loading dock) is 770 King Edward Ave., a one-minute walk from the SITE building (800 King Edward Ave.). The workshop instructor will be waiting for your group 15 minutes before the start of the workshop at the SITE main entrance on the ground floor. If you experience any issues getting to the campus, or if the bus is running late, please call us at: 613-562-5491.
We only accept cash or cheques (payable to the University of Ottawa). Please have the correct amount ready on the day of our/your visit.
Yes, we offer a number of free workshops to a variety of non-profit organizations, including community centres, youth groups, aboriginal and Inuit centres, Boys and Girls clubs, Scout groups, and Girl Guide groups. To find out if your group/organization is eligible for a free workshop, or to book one, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booking a workshop is simple.
We can offer a maximum of eight Maker Mobile workshops in one day, with a maximum of 2 workshops running simultaneously (subject to equipment availability.)
Yes. In order for the uOttawa Maker Mobile to be able to sustain its programs (including workshops at schools), we rely on sponsorship from a number of partners. Therefore, we must provide accurate statistics, including the number of students participating in each workshop. We thank you for taking the time to provide us with all the necessary information required in the registration form.
Yes. However, you can only reserve one of each for the same day. 3D printing and laser cutting must be booked as the first workshops in the morning and/or afternoon. This will allow extra time for the tools to complete their tasks (i.e. to print or to laser-cut the designs). For this reason, 3D printing and laser cutting workshops cannot be booked back-to-back.
To prepare for our visit, our team will require:
Yes, we offer a number of free workshops to a variety of non-profit organizations, including community centres, youth groups, aboriginal and Inuit centres, Boys and Girls clubs, Scout groups, and Girl Guide groups. To find out if your group/organization is eligible for a free workshop, or to book one, please email us at: email@example.com.
The price to reserve the Maker Mobile for a half-day is $295 and includes 1 to 2 workshops (75 minutes each). The price to reserve the Maker Mobile for a full day is $495 and includes 2 to 4 workshops (75 minutes each).
For workshops held on campus, the price is as follow:
$275 for half-day (1 to 2 workshops)
$350 for a full day (3 to 4 workshops)
There is no minimum. However, if you book only one workshop, you will be charged for a half-day ($295).
The maximum number of participants per workshop is 30.
No. There is a maximum of two 3D printing workshops per day. 3D printing workshops must be booked as the first workshop in the morning and/or afternoon in order to leave enough time for the printers to complete their prints. For this reason, 3D printing workshops cannot be booked back-to-back.
Yes. However, 3D printing and laser cutting workshops are limited to two per day (or one of each per day). Any other workshop can be reserved for up to four times in one day.
Yes, weather permitting, workshops can be held outside in a parking lot or on school property. Tables and chairs for all students will be set up around the Maker Mobile. Please note that students are not permitted inside the Maker Mobile truck. In cases of inclement weather, the workshops must be held inside the school.
No. We do not rent out any of our equipment. However, the uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace is open to the general public on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you are welcome to come and work on your personal projects for free. The Makerspace is located in the Colonel By building, room B109A (161 Louis Pasteur pvt.).
Engineering Outreach Office
Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa
161 Louis-Pasteur, CBY A-306 (map)
Ottawa ON Canada
Adventures in Engineering and Science: adventures@uOttawa.ca
Maker Mobile: makermobile@uOttawa.ca
Do you have any questions or comments? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.